I think skepticism is a method of acquiring knowledge, which is extremely important in life since we are bombarded by information, contradictory demands on our attention and clashing world views every day.
For me, skepticism is a way of using our natural curiosity to look at the world in an increasingly accurate way, a way of not letting that curiosity die in the hands of a totalitarian worldview, a way of asking questions and search for answers and be healthily open to the world without being undiscerning about what reaches our mind.
In my mind, being skeptical is also being curious, marveled at the world and serious about ideas and knowledge. Being skeptical is also a way of not reaching conclusions about ourselves and the others too readily, but being able to reach workable conclusions that let us live.
It’s not an easy stance to take, of course.
- The skeptic is … (theperpetualskeptic.wordpress.com)
- We Need Doubt and Skepticism More Than Ever (bigthink.com)
- What’s Right with Skepticism? (skepticalhumanities.com)